The symptoms of MCI do not normally affect daily life very much. This means that someone with MCI, or those around them, may not notice the signs at first.

The symptoms of MCI do not normally affect daily life very much. This means that someone with MCI, or those around them, may not notice the signs at first.

These symptoms may include:

  • Memory - Misplacing items or having trouble remembering recent conversations.
  • Attention - Finding it difficult to concentrate, e.g. following the story of a TV programme, or working on a hobby.
  • Disorientation - Confusion about time and place.
  • Thinking skills - Problems with planning, reasoning or completing tasks, e.g. managing money, or cooking a balanced meal.
  • Language - Problems finding the right words.
  • Mood and behaviour - Some people become irritable, anxious or low in mood.

What is mild cognitive impairment?

This introductory leaflet aims to help you understand mild cognitive impairment. It’s for anyone who might be worried about their own or someone else’s memory.

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